PLAYER RATINGS: Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City

City succumbed to an agonising 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday and put a dent in their title hopes. Here’s a look at the player performances.

Joe Hart – 6

A few good saves when let down by his defence on set pieces but also was way out of position for Liverpool’s first goal. Couldn’t really have done anything for the other two mind you.

Pablo Zabaleta – 6 

Not a vintage Zaba performance but more assured than some of his colleagues. Got forward with his usual gusto in the second half when City were on top.

Vincent Kompany – 5

A day to forget for our captain. Despite moments of excellence his was culpable in some way for all of Liverpool’s goals. He was turned too easily for the first and the marking was poor for the second. The injury that he sustained the day before in training seemed to have an effect. The third goal requires no analysis…just watch it and that says it all. Painful.

Martin Demichelis – 7

Another top performance from the much maligned Argentine. Many would have you believe the pace of Suarez and Sturridge would be too much for him but that wasn’t the case yesterday. I dread to think of the stick he would have got had he been in Kompany’s boots yesterday.

Gael Clichy – 6

An indifferent performance from Clichy. He was neither one thing or the other. Too timid going forward and wayward at the back. This position needs addressing in the summer.

Fernandinho – 6

Had his hands full in the first half dealing with waves of Liverpool pressure. The injury to Toure and adjusting to Garcia’s presence won’t have helped. Grew into the game as City came back in the second half.

Yaya Toure – 5

Little to no impact during his brief appearance before injury. May have helped turn the screw in the second half had he remained fit. Will be missed if his absence is at all lengthy.

Jesus Navas – 5

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it is a clear that this wasn’t a Navas type game. Wasn’t able to get forward enough and isn’t robust enough in defence despite his diligence in supporting his full back.

David Silva – 9 (man of the match)

Almost solely responsible the City’s excellent comeback. Responsible for both goals and almost got a third. As has been the case in the last month he took the game by the scruff of the neck and showed everyone why he is City’s best player.

Samir Nasri – 7

In tandem with Silva, Nasri was vital in City’s turn around. Liverpool had no answers for their tricky (apart from their third goal). A great season for the Frenchman.

Edin Dzeko – 6

A performance we’ve come to expect from Dzeko. Fleeting moments of decent play interspersed with the close control of an elephant. Unfortunate not to have won City penalty when Sakho swiped everything but the ball.

Subs

Javi Garcia – 6

An assured performance from the Spaniard. Protects the back four well when on the pitch allowing our attacking midfielders to flourish.

James Milner – 8

An excellent performance from the bench from Jimmy as he got stuck into Liverpool down the right. Why he didn’t start the game is a mystery. He is built for this type of contest.

Sergio Aguero – 6

A subdued return which is to be expected given the amount of football he has played since January. Almost set up Silva for a third City goal but his pass was misplaced.

Written by Robert Toole

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